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Friends and Strangers

James Vaughan
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Twentysomethings Ray and Alice struggle to establish contact with each other and their surroundings. During a discussion about a wedding video for the daughter of a wealthy art collector, Ray discogers that he is entangled in senseless misunderstandings, with seemingly no way out. This Australian film is not too stylistically distant from mumblecore, its scenes teetering on the brink of everyday realism and absurdity, becoming intertwined in a syncopated melody that offers an ironic look at the solipsism of the contemporary moment. Director and screenwriter James Vaughan hints with impressive skill at the reasons behind his characters’ emotional states. This series of vignettes, built on the principle of counterpoint, leaves the viewer with questions about the illusory nature of sensations, and the impossibility of gaining any deeper understanding about oneself or the events of one’s life.

Born in 1989 in Australia. He wrote and directed the short film You Like It, I Love It (2013) which screened in competition at the Berlinale, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival. James was involved in establishing the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s contemporary film program in 2016. He founded Leitourgia Films in 2018. Friends and Strangers is his feature debut.

Born in 1989 in Australia. He wrote and directed the short film You Like It, I Love It (2013) which screened in competition at the Berlinale, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival. James was involved in establishing the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s contemporary film program in 2016. He founded Leitourgia Films in 2018. Friends and Strangers is his feature debut.

Year:
2021
Country:
Australia
Length:
81'
Language:
English
Subtitles:
Russian
Director:
James Vaughan
Script:
James Vaughan
Producers:
Lucy Rennick, Rebecca Lamond
Camera:
Dimitri Zaunders
Cast:
Fergus Wilson, Emma Diaz, Steve Maxwell, Poppy Jones
Production:
Leitourgia Films
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